[Homeroast] Quest M3 Arrives, Is it worth it?

Hank Perkins hankperkins at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 08:49:40 CST 2010


As I am not a pro roaster I offer the following:

The Quest compared to the other roasters I have used is like comparing
a Wal Mart frying pan to a Le Cruset frying pan.  They both cook but
they perform much differently and are built differently.  I am totally
impressed with how well the Quest M3 is built.  It does not look or
feel like some Chinese counter top appliance.

I have been able to roast with a pro on a Deidrich IR once before.
Although the Quest is electric and not gas the experience is very
similar.  Electric is slower to react both heating up and cooling
down.  It does require the user to be a bit more proactive than gas
but you adjust fan speed instead of a damper, and element amps instead
of gas flow.

I can't wait to have the thermocouples and data logger instead of the
analog thermometer.  With the analog gauge it is very difficult to
determine the environmental rate of change to the adjustments I was
making.  I was very lucky to hit the time on the Jimma as I did.


On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:14 AM, Scott Miller <peechdogg at gmail.com> wrote:
> That was my thinking, too. The times when lots of samples just bog me
> down because I only have a single sample roaster is frustrating. Cost
> of a mutli barrel sample roaster is too much for me at the moment. A
> pair of QM3, I can live with and benefit from.
> cheers,
> Scott
> On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 10:26 PM, miKe mcKoffee <mcKona at comcast.net> wrote:
>> Scott, if it was me I'd go for a QM3. For the price of a commercial sample
>> roaster you could have more than one QM3, and QM3 would afford more
>> versatility (profiling control capability) versus traditional barrel sample
>> roaster. Unless you're talking about something like a USRC .5k as a sample
>> roaster.
>> I'm still using a CCR HotTop as my sample roaster but would rather have two
>> QM3 for what I paid for the CCR HT...or one QM3 and some halogens for vac:)
>> Not that the CCR HT isn't pretty nifty, but I believe from all I've read and
>> what I understand of how the the QM3 works that it's capable of superior
>> roasts, close to if not on par with my USRC. QM3 fully manual of course so
>> doesn't have the automation advantage of the CCR HT, but I could live with
>> that.
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